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Shimon Whiteson

BA Rice, PhD UT-Austin


I teach a range of subjects, but with a particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

About me

I studied English and Computer Science at Rice University before completing my doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.  I then spent eight years as an Assistant and then an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam before joining Oxford as an Associate Professor and a Fellow in Computer Science at St. Catz in 2015. In 2018, I was awarded the title Professor of Computer Science.


My research focuses on artificial intelligence.  My goal is to design, analyse, and evaluate the algorithms that enable computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behaviour.  

I’m particularly interested in machine learning, with which computers can learn from experience, and decision-theoretic planning, with which they can reason about their goals and deduce behavioural strategies that maximise their utility.

In addition to theoretical work on these topics, I have in recent years also focused on applying them to practical problems in robotics and search engine optimisation.

Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science
Professor of Computer Science

St Catz Charity Music Concert

Catz student Daniel Shao (2013, Music) and Catz Music Society have organised a music concert in aid of the Oxford branch of ‘Crisis’ (the national charity for single homeless people). The concert will showcase a wealth of musical talent, and Catz alumni will perform alongside current Catz students.

Date: Monday 11 May 2015

Time: 17:30-18:30

Venue: Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Monday 2 March 2015 at St Catherine's College.


Simon’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘Everything’s remade/With shovel and spade’: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale is now available as a Podcast.

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Monday 2 March 2015 at St Catherine's College.


Simon’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘Everything’s remade/With shovel and spade’: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale is now available as a Video and Podcast.

Simon appeared in conversation with broadcaster, Libby Purves. He spoke on his distinguished career in the theatre, with a focus on his Shakespearean roles in contemporary theatre.

About Simon Russell Beale

Actor and music historian, Simon Russell Beale has been hailed as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation’. A graduate of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, his diverse career has spanned theatre, television, film, and radio. He has taken on some of the most distinguished roles in theatre, including the title roles in King Lear at the Olivier Theatre and Hamlet at the Lyttelton Theatre. An Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, his many accolades include a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in Henry IV Parts I & II and a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in Uncle Vanya. From May to July 2015, Simon will star in Temple, a new play at the Donmar Warehouse about the 2011 United Kingdom anti-austerity protests.

Commenting on his appointment, Simon said ‘I am hugely looking forward to my year as Visiting Professor, and feel very honoured to have been asked. It allows me to indulge, even further, my obsessive interest in Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and I hope that the students I meet will enjoy our working together. I know for certain that I will learn a huge amount.’              

The Master of St Catherine’s College, Professor Roger Ainsworth, said ‘We feel immensely privileged to be welcoming Simon Russell Beale to St Catherine’s, and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on the role of Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. Simon’s impressive list of stage and screen acting credits span a remarkably diverse career, which has included theatre, television, film, and radio. Our students will be very fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to learn from such a versatile actor.’


About the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre

The Chair of Contemporary Theatre, founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation at St Catherine's College, aims to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre. The Visiting Professorship has previously been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers including Stephen Fry, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Alan Ayckbourn, Richard Eyre, Phyllida Lloyd and Patrick Stewart.


Click here for more information on the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professorship, including a list of previous Professors and links to watch their Inaugural Lectures.

Photo courtesy of Guy Bell:

John Simopoulos 1923-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that John Simopoulos (BPhil, MA), Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, died on 4 March 2015 aged 91.

Tutor in Philosophy at St Catherine’s Society from 1953-60, he was a Founding Fellow of St Catherine’s College from 1960, before becoming an Emeritus Fellow upon his retirement in 1988. John served as the College’s Dean of Degrees until his death, a role he performed 'with all the authority of tradition and lightness of youth'.

Kim-Natalie Mousset

German Lektorin

Kia Nobre

MA Oxf, BA Williams College, MS, MPhil, PhD Yale, FBA


My teaching is concentrated in the area of cognitive neuroscience. I lecture in undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervise research projects at all levels.

About me

I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and completed my higher education and postdoctoral training in the United States (Williams College BA, Yale PhD, Yale and Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellowships). I moved to Oxford in 1994 to take up a research lectureship position in cognitive neuroscience and the first Oxford JRF position in Psychology, at New College. In 1996, I became a University Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology (Reader 2002-2006, Professor 2006-2014). My post was associated with New College, where I was the first female Tutorial Fellow in a science discipline. In 2014, I became the first holder of the statutory Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of St Catherine’s College.


I remain perplexed by that magic between brain and mind. In my research, I investigate how the brain proactively and dynamically shapes our selective and adaptive perception from the streams of incoming sensory stimulation. I combine behavioural experiments in humans with multiple types of safe methods for imaging and stimulating the human brain. For a more in-depth view of the research in my laboratory, please visit my lab web pages.

Graduate supervision

I am committed to supervision and mentoring at all levels. I run a large, productive, and happy research group, with about twenty members. I supervise graduate students interested in understanding the neural basis of healthy human cognition, as well as students interested in understanding the neural cognitive bases of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative deficits.


Twitter: @KiaNobre

Brain & Cognition Lab 

Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity  

Google scholar profile



Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research 

Oxford Sparks – featured scientists  

Research Media profile

Freedom Lab videos  

Cognitive Health in Ageing Study video

Professor of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience


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